The eight-week season will see Sir Tom reprise the role he originated at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Sir Tom devised the play from Philip Larkin's writings, and created a witty, entertaining and occasionally poignant evening. Best known for the lines "They f*** you up, your Mum and Dad...," and for his assertion that 'sexual intercourse began in 1963...," Larkin was a complicated man who seemed happiest in his job as a librarian.
Sir Tom Courtenay has had a rather more exciting life, having been a leading figure in British cinema in the 1960's — "Billy Liar," "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" and "Dr. Zhivago." His combination of stage and screen work came together notably when he co-starred in the stage and film versions of Ronald Harwood's play The Dresser.
Pretending to be Me is directed by West Yorkshire Playhouse's atistic director, Ian Brown. The show's West End performances are produced by ACT and Ambassador Theatre Group.